Day 31: Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin IV”

Tracklisting

  1. Black Dog
  2. Rock ‘N’ Roll
  3. The Battle of Evermore
  4. Stairway to Heaven
  5. Misty Mountain Hop
  6. Four Sticks
  7. Going to California
  8. When the Levee Breaks.

Which was the greatest Led Zeppelin album of all time: “House of the Holy,” “Physical Graffiti,” “Led Zeppelin I or II”?

Nope, the answer lies within the Four Symbols logo aka “Led Zeppelin IV.”

I have been a huge Zeppelin fan since my ideas of music were changed my freshman year in high school. AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Metallica were exposed to me, thus opening the doors to my hard core dedication to classic rock – it was my fandom for DMB that opened my interest in some of the independent music today.

“Stairway to Heaven” is the grand daddy of rock ‘n’ roll and is considered the greatest song of all time in the eyes of many. It has all the makings of an epic song: eight minutes in length, a slow and haunting buildup, incredible lyrics and Robert Plant’s voice.

Oh, did I forget something? That’s right, Jimmy Page’s iconic solo that has defined hard rock for 40 years. The final chorus is one of the most recognized in music history as well.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all is one and one is all, yeah
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying the stairway to heaven

“Black Dog,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Going to California” are the three other songs that are most recognized on this album. “Black Dog” and “RnR” start off the album in such a hard-rocking way, giving you the picture of 50-somethings looking back on their teens when they would rock their heads to this stuff.

Then you have the four other songs on this album that tend to be overlooked. “The Battle of Everymore,” like “Going to California” showcases Page’s diversity in instruments as he plays the mandolin on this song.

“Misty Mountain Hop” is one of my favorite Zeppelin songs of all time. It’s another pot-smoking tune that tells of a group of smokers being broken up by the cops. “Four Sticks” is another great tune. It has a Middle East feel and got it’s name because drummer John Bonham played with four drum sticks on the track.

The final song on the album is “When the Levee Breaks,” a bad ass blues song that features harmonica playing by Plant.

It’s a defining album in rock and Zeppelin history. Seriously, if you haven’t listened to this album yet then why the hell are you even reading my blog? Do it!

 

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